President Joe Biden announced that he is appointing more than a dozen top education leaders, celebrities and athletes to his board of advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), reports CNN.

Actress Taraji P. Henson and NBA star Chris Paul are among the 18 members of the President’s board of advisors on HBCUs. Paul was until last year the longtime head of the National Basketball Players Association.

The presidents of five HBCUs – Alabama State University, Virginia State University, Norfolk State University in Virginia, Dillard University in New Orleans and Prairie View A&M University in Texas – have also been appointed to the board.

Biden’s move comes weeks after his administration touted a $2.7 biilion in funding from the American Rescue Plan that was provided to HBCUs over the past year and as HBCUs continue working to keep campuses safe after dozens received bomb threats in recent months.

The group is made of “qualified and diverse leaders” and appointing them to the board “will allow the administration to build on that financial commitment with continued institutional support,” the White House said.

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